Economy Customers on US Airways: Pay New Fee for Upgraded Meal

Even if you can’t afford first or business class – or don’t have the miles to upgrade – you can still dine like a VIP on US Airways. Of course, there’s a fee for that.

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Economy passengers flying between the U.S. and Europe, the Middle East or South America on US Airways can pay $19.99 for an option called DineFresh (“treat yourself to a fresh premium meal”). Here’s a sample menu to show what you get for your 20 bucks:

The $20 Fee Premium Meal

Premium MealChilled citrus-marinated chicken skewers on Mediterranean orzo topped with mango chutney, served with lavosh crackers, classic shrimp cocktail, marinated grilled vegetables and crème brûlée cheesecake with fresh berries.

Bonus: Wine with your meal (and on US Airways, that normally sells for $7-$9).

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The Standard Free Meal

This is a sample of the free meal still offered to coach passengers on long hauls flights:

Free meal: Cavatappi pasta with brown butter sage sauce, fresh green salad, whole wheat roll and a blondie brownie.

You can pay for an alcoholic beverage or get a free soft drink.

Another Free Food Option

Meals are one way to break the monotony of a long flight, but there is another option besides airline food: consider bringing your own from home. This, too, will cost you nothing and has the advantage of including all your favorites.

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Just watch out for ingredients that might draw grimaces from seatmates (which might include tuna, egg salad and anything lavished with garlic); also, don’t pack any foods or condiments approaching the consistency of liquid (such gravy, jams or jellies). This will not get past the TSA security checkpoint unless you can get it in a container holding 3.4 ounces or less.

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Published: August 6, 2012